Vance County Animal Shelter


Free Spay & Neuter Program

The Vance County Animal Shelter offers a FREE spay and neuter program for Vance County Residents.  An application must be turned in before you can receive an appointment date.  For more information, contact the shelter at 252-492-3136.

All surgeries will be performed by a qualified veterinary staff.   Animals will have to be dropped off at shelter each Thursday morning and picked up the same afternoon. - An application must be turned in BEFORE you can receive an appointment date (animal CANNOT be done same day).

*A $5.00 rabies shot will be required for those pets whose owners cannot provide written documentation of the pets last rabies vaccination.  (Shot must be completed 24 hours prior to the surgery)

Reproduction facts about dogs and cats:

  • In 6 years, one un-spayed female dog and her un-spayed offspring can theoretically produce 67,000 dogs.

  • One un-spayed female cat and one un-neutered male cat and their offspring can result in 420,000 in 7 years.

  • A female cat can have 29 litters in 10 years.

  • A male cat can sire as many as 2,500 kittens in a single year, and a male dog can sire almost as many puppies.

  • Only 1 in 9 cats and dogs born in the US find homes.

Benefits of spaying (procedure for female animals):

  • No heat cycle, therefore males will not be attracted.

  • Less desire to roam.

  • Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated if done before the first heat cycle.

Benefits of neutering (procedure for male animals):

  • Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies.

  • Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying or marking.

  • Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents.

  • Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease.

  • Decreases aggressive behavior, including dog bites.

  • Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.

*Disclaimer: This website is not an official Vance County government site but is volunteer-run with the purpose of tracking the progress made by staff and volunteers to better the lives of animals in Vance County, North Carolina. The words expressed within in no way reflect those of Vance County personnel.*